A Guide To Identifying and Dealing With Summer Pests

Summer Pests

Summer in the UK is a time for BBQ’s, garden parties, and enjoying the great outdoors. However, the warmer weather also brings an increase in pest activity. 

From ants in the kitchen to wasps in the garden, pests can quickly become a nuisance. 

Here’s what to look out for when it comes to common summer pests like wasps, ants, and rodents.



Wasps can be particularly troublesome during the summer months. Here are some signs that indicate wasp activity:

Signs of Wasp Activity

  1. Increased Wasp Presence
    • A noticeable increase in wasps flying around your garden, especially near food sources or water, is a strong indicator of nearby nests.
  2. Wasp Nests
    • Wasps build papery nests that can be found in various locations, such as under eaves, in attics, or in sheds. Look for round, greyish structures, often resembling paper mache.



Ants are another common summer pest that can invade your home and garden. Here are some signs to watch for:

Signs of Ant Activity

  1. Ant Trails
    • Seeing long lines of ants marching to and from food sources is a clear sign of an ant infestation. Follow the trails to find where they are entering your home.
  2. Ant Hills
    • In your garden, look for small mounds of soil. These are ant hills and indicate an underground colony.
  3. Visible Ants Indoors
    • Finding ants inside your home, especially in the kitchen, is a strong indicator of an infestation.
  4. Damage to Wood
    • Carpenter ants can cause damage similar to termites. Look for small holes in wood structures and piles of sawdust-like material.



Rodents, such as mice and rats, can also be more active during the summer. Here are signs to watch for:

Signs of Rodent Activity

  1. Droppings
    • Finding small, dark droppings in cupboards, under sinks, or along walls is a clear sign of rodent activity.
  2. Gnaw Marks
    • Look for gnaw marks on food packaging, wires, and wooden structures.
  3. Nests
    • Rodents build nests from shredded materials. Check for nests in hidden areas like behind appliances or inside wall cavities.
  4. Scratching Noises
    • Hearing scratching or scurrying sounds in walls, ceilings, or under floors is a sign that rodents are present.


If you suspect any pests this summer then get in touch with us at 5 Star Pest Control. Our pest technicians are trained to control and treat through insecticide applications, where appropriate quickly and safely.

Call us today to stay pest free this summer.